AZOP Files Complaint with European Commission (EC)

AZOPLPJ Issue 134, 25 May 2015

Related to the government’s proposal to the Sabor for the dismissal of AZOP Director Anto Rajkovaca and Deputy Director Dubravka Dolenc, due to the agency’s decision for the removal of private information from the property cards of public officials, the AZOP called for the protection from the European Commission.

In a letter to Paul F. Nemitz, Director – Fundamental Rights and Union, the Directorate-General Justice, European Commission, the agency stated that government’s interference in their work constitutes interference with the agency’s autonomy, and is a violation of Directive 95/46 / EU. AZOP requested the intervention of the European Commission, citing a 2011 case in Hungary where the commissioner for personal data protection was relieved of his duties three years before the expiry of his term. In this case, the European Commission launched an infringement procedure and Hungary lost the case at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) (Case C-228/12).

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